Lylan Masterman is General Partner at White Star Capital where he leads the New York office. In this episode, Masterman discusses White Stars history and his approach to venture capitol investments. Masterman has an impressive technical background that informs his work and makes him a dynamic figure in the venture investing world.
We learn about the impressive companies White Star Capital has backed and how Masterman has meticulously crafted successful venture investment teams. He talks at length about the various responsibilities of Board Members, successful relationship building within the realm of venture investing, and the importance for startups to have a strong finance leader. It was an illuminating and inspiring conversation that I’m excited to share this week.
-The benefits of Transatlantic Investment -How co-lead investments can lead to successful ventures -Where Whitestar Capital is focusing there investments -How digitization of finance has influenced their investments -What disruption of commerce is and how they pursue companies engaging in it -Why Whitestar Capital is interested in companies that work on sensor and algorithm technology -Why Masterman decided to invest in the KeyMe company -The importance of Whitestar’s most recent investments in Drop, Mnubo, and Unicast -How Masterman got into VC investing with an educational background in math and computer science -The importance of a high functioning team and what a founder should do to create a successful company -How to conduct effective board meetings and maintain a good relation with the COO and CFO -What a good board meeting schedule is and how to find a rhythm -What good internal dynamics of a VC team look like -The benefits of having complimentary skill sets on a VC team -How to maintain valuable relationships across industries and borders -The importance of evaluating companies based on their location -How diversity of specialization in startups can be related to region and urban center